Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The First Day Of Summer

Even if no one had told me that it's the first day of summer, I think I still might have guessed. There's something in the air. A dusty breeze of fresh hay and rain clouds- a puff of honeysuckle and the chirp of new born birds.

There is a type of quiet that lays on the land. It is green and gorged- bursting with secret gardens and tangled forest- impregnated with fragrant bouquets and skies as blue as cornflowers.

Summer seems to be satisfied- proud to be the reigning season. As though she knows her control is short-lived. That autumn will eventually swallow her up completely and she will rest in a dormant grave.

But for now there is celebration and triumph- giddiness and giggles- freedom and frolic- as the landscape unfolds into a masterpiece.

The pond is thick with fat grasses and lean cattails- popping with hungry fish and sparking with dragonflies. The garden spot spits out plump plants that hang with blooms. The night sky opens up like a black velvet hole, scattered with glitter. And fireflies beat like tiny glowing hearts in the nearby fields.

I touch the clover with bare feet- dig my toes into dew covered grass- lift my eyes to the treetops- and breathe deeply all that is Summer.

Clouds threaten rain today- roll like gray cotton- and hover like indigo tents stuffed with raindrops. Lightning stabs the sky and I run for cover.
"Copyright by Martin Liebermann / zeitspuren"  http://www.flickr.com/photos/liebermann/3719583983/

This is a good day- this first day of Summer. It is sweet and real and soft with life.

And I celebrate all that it brings me.


Anonymous said...

Nicely written and expressed. That last shot is a beauty.

Tracy said...

very lovely...all the photos are so nice.
I'll tell you what is in the air here; we have wild fires at the coast and they smoke has drifted to our area 3 hours west and goodness, it smells smoky and looks hazy; very eerie so I am glad you have something better in your air!

Beth Zimmerman said...

You truly are a gifted writer, Rae! I hope summer holds on for a good while yet! :)

Shannon Lawrence said...

Love the photos and the way you set a scene. I could practically feel and smell the earthy surroundings! You are talented with word pictures.

Tina @ Life is Good
and I are joining forces in another challenge. We're going to visit and comment at each of the participants, starting with the reflections post. We hope you'll join us!

Shannon @ The Warrior Muse

Martin Liebermann / zeitspuren said...

Hello Rae,

why did you just take my photo from flickr.com and did not ask me, and why did not give me credit or a link back???

I'm so annoyed with people that don't give a s'z for other peoples intellectual property. If you like my image so much that you use it to embellish your blog - why can't you drop me a quick mail or just put a simple line of credit or a link next to it?

As well, this thoughtless and negligent practice leads commercial users to the conclusion these images are free. Me, a photographer struggling for a living, gets ripped off.

I sound pathetic? Well just today I used a new search engine for images and found out that one of my images was used by more than 500 blogs/sites, many of them commercial. Only three of them ever asked me how much the use of my image would cost them.


Put a line "Copyright by Martin Liebermann / zeitspuren" to my image. Add the link http://www.flickr.com/photos/liebermann/3719583983/

Or remove the image.

Sorry for the rant, but today I've visited hundreds of sites today that just use my art and don't give a fuch for me. Well, at least they like my images.

Regards - and have a good summer

Martin Liebermann / zeitspuren

Gabrielle Evelyn said...

The views are beautiful but I dont like summer~

karen millen